March 2011

Interesting and Typical

[The most interesting man in the world](, and [the most typical]( Though I actually find the typical man much more interesting.

John Cleese on creativity

“We don’t know where we get our ideas from. What we do know is that we do not get them from our laptop.” – [John Cleese](’) Lots of other great advice about making space and time to be creative. [More notes here](

Computational X

I like this technique from Kevin Kelly to simply add “computational” before any current practice to imagine its future. Computational biology, physics, chemistry already exist; but how about computational cuisine, real estate, politics, etc? It becomes surprisingly compelling. Similar to Chris Dixon’s prediction advice for the Internet: [“Anything it hasn’t yet dramatically transformed, it will”](….more

Passionately curious

“I have no special talents. I am only passionately curious.” – Albert Einstein

The future of bike racing

Seriously, those guys in spandex don’t stand a chance.

Google’s first business plan

From early employee Steve Schimmel’s blog.

Marketing and pre-experience design

[I’ve been interested for a while]( in how marketing materials can reveal–and influence–the core experience of a product. Russell Davies explores this well, [calling it “pre-experience design”]( So I found it very interesting [what images are shown by reviewers for the iPad, the Xoom, and the Blackberry Playbook]( The iPad shows big beautiful pictures of…more